An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is an area whose distinctive character and natural beauty is so outstanding that it is in the nation's interest to safeguard it. The landscapes of AONBs are equal in value to those of our National Parks and command the same levels of planning protection.

Herefordshire has two designated AONBs; Malvern Hills and the Wye Valley, both of which attract large numbers of visitors to and from within the county.

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AONBs are looked after by representatives from local authorities, government bodies, parish councils, landowners, community and voluntary groups which form an AONB Partnership.